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Hailing from the town of Carlisle Pennsylvania, the Dickinson Red Devils are having the best year of all the teams in the Centennial Conference. However, with the way things have been going this year in the Centennial (Muhlenberg has beaten Gettysburg, Haverford beat F&M), the position of any team could drastically rise or fall from one week to another. For this particular article, I had the priviledge of speaking with Dickinson’s head coach, Dave Webster.
Dickinson’s biggest foes are Roanoke and Gettysburg. Coach Webster described the Roanoake game as a “Big non-conference rivalry where both teams have lots of respect for each other.“.The rivalry with Gettysburg applies to all sports between the two schools. Last year’s NCAA tournament team defeated Kenyon 15-6 in the first round before falling to Cabrini, 12-7. From that squad, Coach Webster identified some key returning players.
First on Coach Webster’s list was Brandon Palladino, an LSM. Palladino was last year’s Division 3 player of the year with All-American, First team All-Centennial, and Pre-Season Player of the Year honors. In the words of former Dickinson defenseman Jamie Wasson, “The kid is sick.“. Seniors Matt Cherry, a middie, and Peter Zouck, a defenseman, were both first team All-Conference players and All-Americans in 2012. Cherry dished out two assists in a dominating 19-9 win over Swarthmore on April 20th.
Junior Brian Cannon (4 goals vs Swarthmore) and sophomore defenseman Slay Sudah were both all conference last year. Cannon was also an All-American in 2012, and Sudah was named a pre-season All-American in 2013. It is also worth noting that Carter Moore is having a great year at the face-off X for the undefeated Red Devils.
With every graduating class comes a need to fill a void left by the senior leaders. For Dickinson, increased roles for underclassmen will primarily be seen on offense. Junior attackmen Will Scott and Brian Gleason will both be seeing increased roles on the offense, identified as consistent starters by Coach Webster. Webster also named sophomore middies Tyler White and Brett Parker as dodging threats.
I asked Coach Webster what he thought his team needed to improve on to be more successful this year, and he gave me the following response:
We needed to be more consistent with our focus and preparation for each game. We lost two OT games last year because we prepared poorly and did not compete with great urgency. We also needed to improve our half field execution on both offense and defense.
The team goals for this year are a 3.0 team GPA, winning the Centennial Conference, and winning the NCAA Championship.
In the lacrosse world, it’s always tough to predict who will come out on top at the end of memorial day weekend, but it is certainly safe to assume that Dickinson is a major threat to go deep into the NCAA tournament. Special thanks to Dave Webster and Jamie Wasson, Dickinson alumni who both played on the team in the late 1980′s, this article would not have been possible without their help.
Will Dickinson go all the way this year? Only time will tell!